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until the first of three presidential debates between president obama and governor romney. a national poll out today finds that 93 percent of likely voters say they do plan to watch the debate. the same survey finds that president obama ahead nationally 49 percent to 45 percent which is just outside the margin of error. those polled rank the economy as the most important issue. on that, the two candidates are in a tie. governor romney leads when it comes to the handling of the budget deficit. however, the president is ahead on every other issue including health care and national security. we have team fox coverage. carl cameron has the latest from the romney campaign. first, we go to ed henry in las vegas. what do we know about the president's debate prep? >>reporter: they have tried to keep that quiet. we have spotted senator john kerry who is playing mitt romney in the mock debate sessions for the president in the las vegas area. he has been spotted in the lobby of the hotel, with reading glasses and a pile of papers, going through this like it is a final exam and researching every
that quiet. we have spotted senator john kerry who is playing mitt romney in the mock debate sessions for the president in the las vegas area. he has been spotted in the lobby of the hotel, with reading glasses and a pile of papers, going through this like it is a final exam and researching every last bit. the president, when he delivered pizza to campaign volunteers to show he has a calm, cool image headed into the debate, he made clear he also things this is like a final exam. he has been holed up, long hours, inside, dealing with a big workload. >> it is all very nice. although they keeping me indoors all the time, that is a drag, they are making me do my homework. >>reporter: the president says he is doing his homework with 8.1 percent unemployment, the deficit, and now we have new numbers because of the start of the fiscal year, reaching $1.3 trillion although the president promised to cut the budget if half in his first term and balance it down the road. that has not happened. this is a debate about domestic issues. that will be on the agenda tomorrow night. trace? >>trace: we k
not worked for the young people of america. >> their first debate happens on wednesday. the romney team is downplaying expectations. romney advisor beth myers distributes this memo explaining why the president is probably going to do better. she says that president obama is one of the most talented political communicateors in modern history. this will be his eighth one-on-one presidential debate and romney's first. the president will use his ample rhetorical gifts to attack romney. obama won the debates against john mccain if 2008 by double digits. it is not just the romney team that is trying to lower expectations. check out what obama's senior campaign advisor said recently. >> look, mitt romney, i think, has an advantage because he has been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year. he even bragged that he was declared the winner in 16 of those debates. so i think in that sense having been through this much more recently than president obama, i think he starts with an advantage. >> want to bring in our jim accosta, who is covering the romney campaign in wayne, i
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related to the first presidential debate saying governor mitt romney's performance against the president could very well change the entire race. but how important are presidential debates and how much do they really shape the outcome in november? we heard a lot. joining me someone who has done research on polling impact of past debates. larry sabato, director of center for politics at the university of virginia. larry, historically speaking how big of a deal are the first debates really? >> well it can be a dig deal, jenna. of course governor christie was right. he got off message as you know because part of the amusing previous view to a presidential debate is the attempt by both sides to run down their own candidate. about how horrible a debater they are and the other side is so terrific. so governor christie may be committed a behalf by telling the truth. if you look historically, there is a pretty good chance that mitt romney can make up some ground. usually, not always, but usually the challenger to the incumbent just by standing on the stage and doing a credible job, can make up so
folks try to, you know, make romney out to be the king kong of all debaters and when the romney folks talk, obama is suddenly superman. candy crowley has an interesting take on all of this. let's watch this together. >> reporter: apparently romney supporter and republican governor chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back into the other direction. >> reporter: note to governor christie, no, no, no, no. sop for predebate chatter is to lower expectations for your guy by raising expectations for the other guy. like this. >> president obama is a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. he's an experienced debater. >> reporter: because this is a bipartisanly accepted strategy like this. >> we expect it all along that governor romney will have a good night, he's prepared more than any candidate in history and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> reporter: since you're supporting romney, the candidate who
be of a swing to governor romney at the end. it is certainly not outside the possibility with the first debate coming up next week. martha: some would say that, there's not a lot of time left. governor romney said things are just getting started in his mind the other day. so debates are ahead and all of that to weigh in before people go to the polls. thank you so much, monica, doug, good to see you both. >> thanks, martha. martha: okay. bill: quick check of the markets right now we're trading up which is the first time we've been doing that all week up about 55 points in early minutes of the dow. 30 on wall street a jobs number out short time ago, showed a better jump for us. better drop. more than 25,000. we'll see how that works in the mix as we go forward throughout the day. 9:30 here in new york. martha: well, it could be a game-changer. less than a week to the presidential debate, the first one why karl rove says president obama's biggest opponent is not mitt romney in his opinion but the truth. carl on that. >> also on a bombshell report on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in liby
. romney campaign has said all along that the debates are going to be very important because it's a chance to see mitt romney square off with president obama and visions for the country. we are starting to see both campaigns to lower expectations for both candidates but this is last chance that romney have to voters take him seriously. >> gregg: i think the trick is for romney at least to come across as krebld and trust worthy and to have the better plan for the economy, that seems to be pretty clear. i wanted to point your attention to a recent bloomberg poll. one in five voters are persuadable and more of them actually tilt republican and lean in romney's direction. 41% says he has laid out a better economic vision compared to 25% saying the president has. are those folks, erin, really what both of candidates are aiming for here. they got to get some of that 20%? >> there is no question about that. how we know that is the other day president obama was campaigning down in virginia. he made that very remark. he was saying i know i have supporters out there in the audience but i wanted to t
expectations for the first presidential debate next week, in a memo sent to quote interested parties, romney campaign senior adviser, bette myers said, quote, president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker and widely regarded as one of the most talented communicators in modern history. this will be the eighth one of on one presidential debate of his political career. for mitt romney, it will be his first, end quote. really? obama is a more gifted speaker than oh, ronald reagan? paul steinhauser joins me now. you have the memo. read me more, we want to know. >> interesting not just the campaign doing this, the candidates lowering expectations. take a listen to mitt romney himself over the campaign trail the last couple of days. >> he's president of the united states. he's a very effective speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker. so, i'm sure, in the debates as last time with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> reporter: what they're trying to do is lowering the bar, expectations, so if mitt romney does better in this debates next wednesday in denver. >> caller: they will say it's a grea
. >> reporter: yeah, well, you know, the big question is what mitt romney is going to show up at these debates. he had a lot of practice during the primary campaign. will he be aggressive, will he take it to president obama? that is a question that congressman paul ryan got yesterday at a town hall in fort collins, colorado. a woman stood up and said, look, i was worried about the performance that john mccain put in four years ago against president obama, and she picks up the question from there. >> will he be forceful in those debates and take it to obama? [cheers and applause] >> ma'am, absolutely. one little difference between then and now. president obama has a record. [laughter] and president obama has a record and a string of broken promises. of course he will. >> reporter: congressman ryan -- sorry -- [cheers and applause] pledging that governor romney will take it to the president next wednesday in denver. no question though, jon, he needs a big move because if you see these polls in the battleground states, he is beginning to lose ground. he needs something big to happen. jon: well, t
the invasion of normandy took less preparation than romney putting into the debates. let's get real for a moment. who is the better debater really? >> they're both mediocre debaiters. barack obama didn't win debates, joe biden won. actual debates, harvard and yale coaches enjoy will be paul ryan and joe biden. they'll be better. romney is good in a group setting, hasn't done a lot of one on one. the president, john mccain wasn't the best debater either. >> i talked to nathan sproul, how much ground romney has to gain, could be as much as seven points, that's a lot to gain through a debate performance. two guys can be well prepared, one sitting president. >> he did against bush. >> it is not the debate, what is it for mitt romney in the last five weeks of the campaign to change it. >> i think he has to go big, has to have a couple of really big ideas that connect with the american people and where they are. the economy is slowly getting better. there are real doubts about the medicare plan paul ryan put in place, it is beginning to hurt them in battleground states. i don't think ther
romney turned in a debate performance next week. they say young people. they understand the energy, the enthusiasm is down from the historymaking year in 2008. if they can get those votes in the bank early, all the better. >> if they can get the base to turn out, the republican base, the democratic party base, but the undecided, the independents, i take it, correct me if i'm wrong, john. they want to see the three presidential debates, the one vice presidential debate and then they'll make up their mind. >> exactly right. because imagine if you were somebody who was swayed by a tv ad last night or something you saw in the news over the past couple days. you cast that ballot today and there is a big moment in the debate and you change your mind, too late to get it back. if you're undecided, you're likely to wait. the people were standing in line for both parties. you'll find obama voters in line those are people who are hard core and with their person, no matter what. republicans say in the end, as long as they get their base out, it doesn't matter if they vote early or late, it is
been made yet. dagen: what is the one thing that mitt romney needs to do in denver next week, in the debate? >> i think he has to associate obama's economic record, the slow and declining growth rate, and the fact that unemployment went up to 9%, 9 1/2 percent early in his presidency and stayed flat virtually across the entire four years and he has to point out exactly why that has happened during the obama presidency. and then of course talk about his own policies as they relate to those subjects. dagen: he needs to more closely read the "wall street journal" editorial page, because you have been talking about -- >> thank you. dagen: -- how to frame this for a year now, private economy versus government economy. again, read the "wall street journal" editorial page. thank you, dan. good to see you. >> all right. dagen: our next guest says the best bet for investors is to put their money right where the federal reserve is. joining us now is ceo of advisors asset management. overseas 8.9 billion dollars in assets as the company's chief investment officer. scott good of you to b
day. >> still plenty of time to go. three debates. a lot can clearly happen. i haven't seen the romney folks put a lot of money in advertising in pennsylvania. that's a sure sign that they're maybe not convinced it's really in play. >> we'll see if that changes. >> yeah. that could change. you're right. thanyou very much. today is the first day votes can be cast in one of the battleground states that will help decide the 2012 presidential election. our chief national correspondent john king is in iowa right now where in person absentee voting actually started today. it's pretty early, but they're voting not only in iowa but in other parts of the country as well, john. >> reporter: wolf, 35 states plus the district of columbia allow some form of in person early voting. as you noted, the iowa voting kicked off today. we're here in iowa city. we saw a pretty healthy line. mostly students, mostly obama supporters . mostly obama supporters on day one. now, republicans say that's overblown. if you've made up your mind to vote even before the debates, you are going to be for one candidate or
members before sunday's game. >> with the first presidential debate just five days away, mitt romney's handlers are trying to lower expectations. the two candidates go toe to toe wednesday night in denver. romney's longtime adviser beth myers releasing a memo outlying reasons why the gop challenger is likely to finish second. she says the president is "a uniquely gifted speaker and one of the most talented political communicators in modern history." >>> two more battleground states leaning towards obama. according to the latest cnn polls. in nevada likely voters favor the president by three points over mitt romney, 49% to 46%. meantime, in virginia, the president has an even wider lead, 49% to 44%. >> sledgehammer smash and grab. the fbi has released dramatic video of suspects who robbed a saks fifth avenue store. investigators say he ran in the store an hour before closing time and used sledge hammers to destroy a display case and $5,000 reward for these suspects. >>> all clear after a bomb scare caused a brief evacuation of a terminal. they found a grenade-like item inside the lugg
president obama campaigns in nevada tomorrow, romney will spend the weekend preparing for that debate. watch that debate live on k.t.v.u. channel 2 wednesday beginning at 6:00. >> there are more accusations of voter fraud in florida. the state says suspicious voter registration forms have turned up in at least 10 counties. the florida republican party says it blames the firm it hired. the g.o.p. national committee paid more than $3 million to the company strategic allied consulting for voter registration and get out the vote operations. but the republican party says it fired the firm after apparent phoney registration forms started to turn up. >>> it's 7:11, and thousands of convictions in jeopardy. what a crime lab chemist is accused of doing that has the justice system scrambling. >> and giants getting ready to play tonight, but will buster posey get into the game. food poisoning in san diego, and the curve ball that has the team watching it very closely. >> first we'll go outside. there is the mack maze in oakland. you can see things moving just fine in all directions of the freeway, as t
doing debates with their stand-ins. senator rob portman is doing the sta stand-in for mitt romney and done it in the past. and they go back to massachusetts. who better than a massachusetts politician to play mitt romney. that person is senator john kerry, the senior citizen from massachusetts. >> it is so fascinating to me. i think a lot of people around this country will be fixated watching the debates, watching both sides. okay, fine, i'm very excited for these debates. cnn political editor, paulste n steinha steinhauser. you can see the first political debate wednesday on cnn and do not want to miss it 7:00 p.m. eastern. >>> a man who spent 15 years on death row for a crime he did not commit has been released from a louisiana prison. lawyers say day mon thibodeau is the 300th exoneration in the u.s. convicted of raping and murdering his step cousin turned out to be false. he talked to the press about his new freedom. >> it's a surreal walk. it's not something you can prepare yourself for because you've been living in those conditions for so long. >> how do you feel now? >> fr
. >> the debates are so critical. it's hard to say whether these debates are more important than other debates we've heard. what are the candidates doing and have to accomplish in terms of hitting home their major points? >> reporter: exactly. so much on the line wednesday night when president obama and mitt romney showed up for the first time since colorado. what are they doing today? mitt romney in massachusetts preparing and the president in washington. they are probably doing debates with their stand-ins. senator rob portman is doing the sta stand-in for mitt romney and done it in the past. and they go back to massachusetts. who better than a massachusetts politician to play mitt romney. that person is senator john kerry, the senior citizen from massachusetts. >> it is so fascinating to me. i think a lot of people around this country will be fixated watching the debates, watching both sides. okay, fine, i'm very excited for these debates. cnn political editor, paulste n steinha steinhauser. you can see the first political debate wednesday on cnn and do not want to miss it 7:00 p.m. eastern.
mitt romney is going to lose, don't bother voting. >> brian: how can anyone vote before the debates. they have it as a dead heat with rasmussen nationally. the only one. >> steve: 2% more democrats than republicans. it's 38 to the democrats. 36 republican, and 26 for the independents. >> gretchen: i do think there is a subliminal message in these daily polling things which isn't always great for the voter because it can sort of build this ground swell of fact, kind of like when you go to the movie theater and they used to put up the images of popcorn and coke and you didn't know it was happening to you. so the more you hear about it, then you get that mindset. however, i think that the candidates should not even look at the polls. remember george w. bush used to say that? mitt romney needs to figure out, let's say he's down three, five, ten points. he needs to figure out how to define his message and get to the people of those swing states and pretend like he is actually down in the polls. you usually fight harder when you are. >> steve: there is no doubt the main stream media has
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